by Rebecca Gibb in Auckland – Wine bosses in Australia are frustrated by the slow progress of the country’s vine removal programme, with around half the projected amount of vines being grubbed up since 2009.
Australia: 20,000 surplus vines
The 2009 Wine Restructuring Action Agenda (WRAA) indicated there were 20-30,000 hectares of surplus vineyards in Australia.
The Winemakers‘ Federation of Australia estimates 14,000 ha have been removed since the Agenda’s launch but reform has not been as been as extensive as hoped.
Stephen Strachan, CEO of the WFA, told Decanter.com, Continue reading „decanter.com: Australia grubbing up programme ‚too slow‘ and too little“
by Rebecca Gibb – The huge Australian harvest this year is ‚out of step‘ with the realities of sustainable production, a senior executive has said. Yields from the 2011 Australian and New Zealand harvests have exceeded all expectations.
Australia has recorded a larger crop than 2010 despite disease ravaging the country’s wine regions while New Zealand has announced another record-breaking vintage. Continue reading „Decanter: Australia 2011 harvest ‚too big‘, says winemaker federation“
just-drinks.com editorial team – There is likely to be no end to low wine grape prices in Australia in the next three years, according to the Government’s research body for agriculture.
|Australia’s wine grape prices have plummeted in the last decade
Wine grape prices in Australia have plummeted by between a third and 50% over the last decade, according to figures published this week by the the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). Red wine grape varieties have suffered the worst falls.
In a report that will throw the spotlight on industry efforts to persuade more grape growers to quit the sector, ABARES said that grape prices are likely to remain low due to an increase in bulk wine exports, ongoing oversupply problems and competition in international markets.
„In the coming years, the Australian wine industry is expected to Continue reading „AUS: Australia’s wine grape prices stuck in a rut – research“
by Adam Lechmere – Decanter readers should ignore Burgundy and go to Australia for their Chardonnay, The Wine Society’s Pierre Mansour has said.
The panel tasted 116 wines from across Australia from the 2007, 08 and 09 vintages, for a report to be published in the March issue of Decanter magazine, and found Australian Chardonnay has never been in better form. Continue reading „Decanter: Chardonnay? Choose Australia, Decanter readers urged“
The family-owned boutique winery Harcourt Valley Vineyards (run by Barbara
Livingstone and her two sons, Kye and Quinn) has recently won the M.Chapoutier Australia Trophy for Best Shiraz at „Le
Concours des Vins du Victoria“ wine competition. „It is great to be recognised for the quality of our wines. We are only a small, familyowned business and winning awards such as these will help get our name out there.“ said Barbara to the press. Le Concours des Vins du Victoria is a wine competition in Australia which involves a panel of French wine experts and commentators judging Victorian wines. It is organised by the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Continue reading „M.Chapoutier: Australia Trophy for Best Shiraz at Concours des Vins du Victoria awarded to Harcourt Valley Vineyards“
by Lucy Shaw- Australian winemakers have been banned from using the words Champagne, Port and Sherry on their labels under a major EU deal. Australian winemakers have been banned from using the words Champagne, Port and Sherry on their labels under a major EU deal.
Wine producers have a year to phase out the names of wines based on geographic locations, which are protected under the EU labeling regime. Any sparkling wine made outside France’s Champagne region may no longer be labelled Champagne. Continue reading „Australia banned from using Champagne, Sherry and Port on labels“
Surplus Australian wine sold off for less than AUD1 (US$0.88) per litre has damaged the value of Australian wine exports over the past year.
A 22% rise in the volume of cheap, bulk wine sent to foreign markets has caused the value of Australian wine exports to fall by AUD260m to AUD2.17bn for the year to the start of June. Continue reading „AUSTRALIA: Cheap bulk wine drains Australia’s value“
A French Sauvignon Blanc has been blocked in Australia, following complaints from the New Zealand Winegrowers Association. Lacheteau, a producer based in the Loire Valley, already sells its „Kiwi Cuvee“ in Europe and Britain.
A recent attempt to register it in Australia caught the attention of The New Zealand Winegrowers Association, who subsequently opposed the move. Continue reading „French ‚Kiwi Cuvee‘ blocked in Australia“
By Jancis Robinson – As a wine writer I don’t expect to be caught up in an international news story, much less a national disaster. But I found myself in Victoria, just south of Melbourne, on February 7, the day the bushfires started. Continue reading „Jancis Robinson – Caught up in a national disaster“
www.just-drinks.com editorial team – The 2009 Australian vintage is estimated to fall 11% on last year to 1.63m tonnes. This would make the 2009 harvest, which is now half complete, well below the record 2005 harvest of 1.93m tonnes but well above the drought and frost-affected 2007 harvest of 1.34m tonnes, the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC) said. Continue reading „AUSTRALIA: Wine grape harvest estimated to fall 11%“
Beverley Blanning MW – Two wines from the tiny Gimblett Gravels area of Hawkes Bay in New Zealand have out-performed Bordeaux wines ten times as expensive. Growers challenged the palates of the UK’s leading tasters, pitting their wines against top 2005 clarets. Continue reading „‚Audacious‘ Kiwis take on best of Bordeaux“
Australian winemakers insist their Albariño is the real thing despite tests casting doubt on the authenticity of the grape. Last year French ampelographer Jean-Michel Boursiquot suspected that an Albariño vine in the Barossa Valley was fact White Traminer, or Savagnin, a grape most closely associated with the Jura region of France. Continue reading „Australia: our Albariño is the real thing“
www.just-drinks.com editorial team – Challenger Wine Trust has reported a rise in its half year operating profits but warned that it will make disposals in order to remain flexible in the face of the challenging economic times. The Australian-based vineyard owner said today (5 February) that profits from operating activities after tax reached A$8.4m (US$5.44m) for the last six months of 2008, up 5.6% on the prior year period. Continue reading „Challenger Wine Trust to make disposals despite profit rise“
Chris Snow in Adelaide – The Australian wine industry is set to adopt the terms ‚apera‘ and ‚topaque‘ to replace Sherry and Tokay, or Tokaji, wine styles. Continue reading „Australia set to replace Sherry and Tokay names“
Guy Seddon – A new outbreak of phylloxera was declared in Australia’s Yarra Valley last month. According to Victoria’s Department of Primary Industries, ‚a detection of the grapevine pest phylloxera has been made in an existing control area in the Yarra Valley, north east of Melbourne‘. Continue reading „New phylloxera outbreak in Yarra“
Chris Snow in Adelaide – Up to a third of Margaret River vineyards have been attacked by ‚apple looper‘ caterpillars. The caterpillars – previously unknown in grapevines in the region – have caused yield losses by feeding on small berries, preventing them developing. Continue reading „Margaret River vines attacked by caterpillars“
Maggie Rosen – Australia has agreed to stop using terms such as Champagne, Sherry, Port and Chablis as part of a new EU-Australia Wine Agreement. In exchange, the EU will allow imports of reduced alcohol Australian wine made via reverse osmosis. Continue reading „Fischer Boel: no more Aussie champagne but reverse osmosis OK“
First the good news: Australia’s wine grape growers are looking at another big vintage, probably close to last year’s 1.837 million tonnes, meaning consumers will continue to enjoy plentiful cheap wine – the glut continues. Continue reading „Cheap wine and too much growth“
Oliver Styles – Dr Bailey Carrodus, the founder of top Australian wine estate Yarra Yering has died. The celebrated Australian winemaker was Continue reading „Yarra Yering founder dies“
Australia has overtaken the UK as the biggest export market for New Zealand wines Continue reading „Australia becomes New Zealand’s biggest market“
Record wine haul but prices won’t fall
KRIS HALL – Wellington
RECORD HARVEST: Thanks to a long, dry summer and early flowering of fruit, the year’s vintage produced Continue reading „New Zealand’s harvest bigger than expected“